Spark sponsoring hate blogger

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, June 10th, 2015 - 82 comments
Categories: blogs, boycott, business - Tags: , ,

Hey Spark – this is a terrible, terrible decision…

Update:

So Spark – better put out a statement disclaiming sponsorship then.

Update:

82 comments on “Spark sponsoring hate blogger”

  1. Bill 1

    I guess some peeps will be moving telephone companies just presently?

  2. Old Mickey 2

    Surely it must April fools day ?

  3. Marty 3

    So we’re now all TVNZ watching Vodafone customers?

    • weka 3.1

      Heh.

      Still, there is value in boycotts. Behaviours change.

    • James 3.2

      Not to mentioning using power only from power companies who were not sold off.

      And only using companies who pay their staff a living wage.

      • Sabine 3.2.1

        well,

        not watching tv
        only have one landline no mobile phone be it apple or what ever
        one computer a few years old
        not frequenting businesses wit shoddy practices aka mcdo, nike etc
        buying nz produced and manufactured where ever possible
        walking/bycicling as much as possible
        growing your own food, homekill etc

        and so on and so on
        and if enough people do that
        the businesses that don’t show ethical and environmentally friendly behavior will start feeling it in their pockets. We don’t wanna ruin the businesses we want to change their behavior 🙂

      • Colonial Rawshark 3.2.2

        James: TV3 executives really screwed the pooch with bad commercial decision making, didn’t they.

  4. Brillo 4

    They didn’t run this past their PR team first?

    Oh well, at least their colours are now nailed to a wall we can all see….

    • tc 4.1

      The PR team probably did approve it which shows the mindset that exists in Sparks upper tiers, this is the crew who bought out that no sex for the AB’s campaign and then pulled it.

      likely it’s the same here as only the backlash probably prompted some action.

  5. ianmac 5

    Ironically we are halfway through a transfer from Vodafone to Spark because they are $31 per month cheaper. But the mess ups! No phone or internet for 5 days then internet connected but no land phone line yet. And to contact Spark a nightmare though not as bad as Vodfone.
    To withdraw as protest re WO? Too hard basket.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      You didnt do anything silly like a fixed term contract ?

    • tc 5.2

      They know that just as software vendors know how hard it is to replace their products once installed, a strategy SAP has been using for decades now.

      Voda and Spark probably get together for a chuckle about it often.

    • Detrie 5.3

      Had similar issues too. And now Orcon and other telco competitors have been sold off to the Auzzies, don’t expect the options or service to improve. One is as bad as the other, in spite of the marketing hype and tricks to gain market share. These are all sales-driven companies, not technology or service companies. Similarly local web hosting companies, now largely in the hands of money-hungry offshore corporates. We’re just numbers and cash cows to the slaughter….

    • vaughan little 5.4

      You might wanna let a customer services rep know how you feel about their association with the nefarious party in question?

  6. Rodel 6

    ” so to speak?’ Spark sponsoring Slater?- too hard to believe even they would be so stupid.I suspect a little bit of stretching and lying.

    • RJL 6.1

      @Rodel “I suspect a little bit of stretching and lying.”

      Andrew Pirie (Spark’s Corporate Relations GM) did jump up pretty fucking quickly on twitter to say that “we’ve given them a couple of phones as giveaways”. So, clearly he knew something.

    • Tracey 6.2

      it was both… lying (creating the idea that Spark was a sponsor) and stretching (giving the idea that Spark was a sponsor when they had given him a couple of phones (idiots they are)

    • dukeofurl 6.3

      You are right , its all a Slater beatup.

      I bet “Whaleboil” will be laughing his head off.

      //twitter.com/whaleboil

      A lot of bloggers seem to get freebies like this, they hope they get mentioned.

      It certainly wasnt a ‘sponsorship’

    • NZSage 6.4

      Whale Oil lying or stretching the truth?

      That would never happen. 😉

  7. Tracey 7

    “Report from the Decade of Dirt Party”

    Isn’t that the important bit and what does it mean?

  8. Tracey 8

    Spark’s Andrew Pirie says in a tweet to Toby Manhire

    “Toby, it’s a couple of phones as a giveaway, no other sponsorship support”
    General Manager Corporate Relations at Spark New Zealand

    Follow-up tweets to him suggest he could give 24 phones to womens refuge instead…

    It’s the people who still take Slater’s calls or meet with him, that is what concerns me.

  9. maui 9

    The Spark logo has been removed from Slater’s blog post. Won’t be long until any mention of Spark and the phones is taken down too I reckon.

    • freedom 9.1

      wonder if this story will vanish as well?
      http://www.donotlink.com/fhh1
      Spark certainly go out of there way for Whaleoil

      A short time after I posted the article I was contacted by Chris Quin, Spark’s Chief Executive, Spark Home, Mobile and Business.

      He was in Singapore which made the approach even more impressive.

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        so those who bemoan the preoccupation with Slater need to understand that this bottom dwelling individual seems to have easy access to very powerful monied people in NZ despite everything he has done. Or because of it.

      • maui 9.1.2

        “Simultaneously I had two other people from Spark contact me via social media conduits to ask if they could help…then the people that Chris Quin had organised.

        I was quietly impressed with the response.”

        Then the day after he did his blog post he’s got someone from Spark in his house installing stuff. Not bad service… not bad indeed!

        • Hanswurst 9.1.2.1

          “Quietly impressed” is an odd description for someone bragging about something online, unless he literally means “I was quiet about it for the short period from then until now”.

      • RJL 9.1.3

        Odds are that sequence of articles was just paid-for-PR statements.

        Andrew Pirie (who immediately leapt to the defence of the Slater/Spark connection this morning) was a founding director of boagallanpirie, a NACT associated PR company. So, more than likely he is yet another NACT associated PR consultant using Slater’s blog as part of an “alternative” corporate messaging strategy.

        • Tracey 9.1.3.1

          http://www.michelleboag.co.nz/michelle-boag-blog/2012/3/8/launch-of-boagallanpirie.html

          so there is the connection, but it doesn’t matter, Right? He’s just a blogger. Rght?

          So why do the Right keep courting him and doing him favours?

          • Karen 9.1.3.1.1

            So Andrew Pirie and Michelle Boag were partners in a PR company and now Pirie is giving free phones to Whaleoil.

            Hmmm

            • Anne 9.1.3.1.1.1

              I don’t think there is any love lost between Boag and Whaleoil. Boag is most definitely not in the Collins camp. WO is!

            • Rodel 9.1.3.1.1.2

              From Boag’s PR site
              “Director Michelle Boag says that at a senior level, client demand for communications and lobbying skills is increasingly focussed on achieving specific outcomes aligned to strategic business initiatives.”

              Do people really pay for this tautological bullshit? Oh well!

        • freedom 9.1.3.2

          “Odds are that sequence of articles was just paid-for-PR statements.” *cough*bullshit*cough*

          To recap, Slater has a moan on a blogpost, gets calls from upper management who are overseas at the time and receives a whirlwind of attention which fully resolves his issues (with extras), all within 24 hours.

          RJL, you not only think Spark wanted people to know about that, you think they engineered & paid for the process as a PR exercise?

          Why would Spark pay someone to show the public of NZ that their upper management treat ‘high profile’ customers with unfair and incredibly attentive personal service whilst thousands of customers ring their call centres every week complaining about their own technical/service issues that are just as vital to their own lives as Slater’s issues are to him?

          Sure everyone knows it goes on but Spark would hardly go out of their way to advertise the fact! Spark’s customers are repeatedly forced to wait days, if not weeks, for the inevitable keystone cops scenario of failed co-ordination with Chorus technicians or other meanderings of internal and external processes, that only breed frustration and even more call centre waiting time.

          What commercial benefit is there to a large company, that relies on a diverse but limited population for its very survival, to have its cronyism exposed?

          Why would they pay to have it exposed?

          And why would they pay a controversial hate merchant like Slater for the privilege?

          Simply gifting a hundred cheap cell phones to Women’s refuge would deliver a thousand times more PR value and generate masses of free media coverage. Certainly more than any (potentially volatile) relationship with Whaleoil could hope to deliver. And without the ever present threat of blow-back which is par for the course if dealing with WhaleOil.

          • Tracey 9.1.3.2.1

            so, Slater kind of bribed Spark…

          • RJL 9.1.3.2.2

            “Simply gifting a hundred cheap cell phones to Women’s refuge would deliver a thousand times more PR value …”

            Whale Oil readers and people who care about Women’s Refuge are probably not sets with much overlap on a Venn Diagram.

            Anyway, Spark does sponsor “worthy” things too. So, what?

            “What commercial benefit is there to a large company…”

            Slater states in the same very article “Still with 285,000 plus readers there was a marketing opportunity for an astute and fast moving company.”

            Given what we know about Slater’s relationship with other organisations and the authorship of “his” posts, you would have to be desperately naïve to uncritically read anything that praises a company on his blog. Especially a company whose GM of corporate relations used to be the co-director of a PR company with Michelle Boag.

            • freedom 9.1.3.2.2.1

              bit puzzled by this: “Anyway, Spark does sponsor “worthy” things too. So, what?”
              “Worthy things” is of course a relative term. Cameron Slater is worthy of praise, friendship, (the services of taxpayer funded staff 😉 & late night mystery texts, at least according to the PM. Others simply say he is toxic, especially if you are discussing PR for a major brand. Not to mention a brand already suffering its fair share of issues.

              By your reckoning RJL, if Spark decided to donate phones to a Tobacco & Alcohol Tax Reduction lobby group, what do you reckon the response might be? Would that be one of these ‘move along’ moments you seem to be encouraging, ‘nothing to see here’ ? (btw, i’m a smoker & do enjoy a drink -albeit rarely)

              You don’t think they would maybe face a bit of flak? In my little world ‘sponsoring’ WhaleOil is a risky [boneheaded] move and Spark rightly deserve to be asked to defend their commercial decision.

              Especially after turning down recent approaches to help women in high risk situations. It is a simple enough bit of math-
              ‘ Here are some women who might be killed by a violent person the state are unable to adequately protect them from, could you give us a couple of dozen of your cheapest phones so they at least can try to call for help as their doors are kicked in by a violent ex-partner who has ignored the trespass order for the third time that month.’

              It’s not exactly rocket science is it RJL? When phones can be sold in supermarkets for $19 with a sim card – you would think they would have had fifty phones on the office doorstep the next morning!

              Surely companies of this scale can spare a couple of dozen phones and maybe safe a few lives. Would you not say such a sponsorship would be accepted as a social good? Instead, they have to defend gifting phones to Cameron Slater.

              But I guess society, like reality, like worthiness, is just a relative term these days.

            • freedom 9.1.3.2.2.2

              Btw, your Venn, that would certainly be a subtle overlapping of very few curves. The straight lines that form the grid that sets the page the diagram gets drawn on however? The people at the end of those lines make for a far more interesting investigation of Venn properties.

  10. Daniel 10

    My observation of this blog and whale oil is that the tag ‘hate blog’ is really years out of date. If one would care to actually read especially the comments section you can only conclude that the hating is more prevalent on this blog. Maybe it’s time for a reality check and realise this attitude/behaviour only serves to alliviate your own frustration and doesn’t contribute anything worthwhile to the ’cause’.

  11. tc 11

    When you consider the levels of arrogance and self importance in each entity it makes them a good match.

  12. Marvellous Bearded Git 12

    I’ve got $5k worth of Spark shares-I’m selling then in the next half hour….in fact I’ve sold them now during the time it takes to edit a post!

    • Chooky 12.1

      +100..good one…they should be more careful who they associate with and do PR with

  13. coaster 13

    Whale oil is a hate blog in my opinion, but then im just a west coast feral, what would i know.

  14. maui 14

    Twitter seems to have blown up after Spark released statements about Whaleoil involvement: https://twitter.com/SparkNZ/status/608472057664446464

    Loved the repsonse of someone who said does this mean Spark donates phones to the NZ National Front too? 🙂

  15. de Withiel 15

    Spark’s quality of service is second to none: in parts of Auckland and Northland broadband was down from 20:40 on Sunday until 07:40 Monday. No explanation, no apologies, just a couple of jokey tweets. They couldn’t give a stuff about ‘ordinary’ customers, but they’re deeply keen on looking after themselves and their ideological mates.

    • Sable 15.1

      Yep I’m Wellington based and I have constant disconnect/reconnect issues with their horrible Internet service. Its also incredibly laggy at times….

  16. Kevin 16

    Excuse me while I search for the article you wrote bagging Orcon for hiring a convicted fraudster to push their services …

    • Molly 16.1

      Oh Kevin. That is such a palpable hit…. if we were playing in the schoolyard.

      Guessing you are not a supporter of rehabilitation then?

  17. Malconz 17

    Goodbye Spark at the end of this month!

  18. Weepus beard 18

    Spark management will be full to the brim with right wing freaks. I’m surprised Slater and Farrar don’t get more from these types of people.

  19. Morrissey 19

    Anyone see Blubberguts on Maori TV the other day? He was way out of his depth; both Nathan Rarere and Mike King made their opinions of him more than obvious.

    • Weepus beard 19.1

      Was that on Brown Eye? I was present for the first episode when they had that white, skin-headed idiot who calls himself Savage (with little regard for the real Savage) arguing for a change of flag.

  20. Indeed they might bill – guilt by association can indeed play a part.

  21. RedBaronCv 21

    Or is this just a distraction from something that Spark thinks will really wind people up

    Spark can dig up your flower beds without asking

    With a proposal like this Spark contractors won’t bother asking anyone for permission to do anything ever. They will just dig where ever they want to go.
    As this stands they can dig up your section to put in UFB for someone else . They don’t have to go the long way round to access the other property or even bother looking for you. And your chances of getting any redress are likely to be zilch.
    Even where it is a shared driveway or a body corp without having to negotiate with everyone there will be access denied, slipshod putting right, people being required to contribute to body corps for UFB they don’t want etc etc..
    At the moment only about 5% are flat out refusals – and the chances are that most of them have nothing to do with one individual denying another.
    Why don’t leave the law alone and have a disputes tribunal for these 5% if they can produce sufficient evidence ( unlikely) that all these are totally unreasonable people

  22. logie97 22

    Probably off on a tangent, but we dumped Spark (Telecom) over a decade ago.
    Yet they still like to influence my communications. And it’s bloody annoying.
    I often travel into the city on a weekday morning and like to check Webcams of NZTA to see the condition of the motorway network while taking a break at the service centre at Bombay. Because I have wifi enabled on my phone, Spark immediately locks up my web browser inviting me to use their Free Wifi. This requires logging on and then they will send me a password via text. Now, as it happens, I do not wish to use their WIFI but there appears no way of getting past this page without going to settings and disabling wifi.

    • James 22.1

      If it’s an iOS device, go to Settings > Wifi and disable “Ask to Join Networks”.

      • logie97 22.1.1

        … thanks for that. It’s the fact that most “nearby” networks display and you get to cancel the request, in one operation, but with Spark, their own page hijacks the browser and there is no “Cancel” option.

  23. Sable 23

    I’ve been thinking of dumping this lousy telco for a while. I just got an added incentive….

  24. Capn Insano 24

    When I moved out one of the first things I did was choose someone other than Telescum for my internet [I went with Orcon].

  25. redeye 25

    The headline of this article, coupled with the comments following, would provide a nice little exercise for primary aged children to learn the definition of irony.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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    4 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    5 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    1 week ago